First-round talent Bobby Brink headlines Flyers’ strong Day 2 of 2019 NHL Draft

The 2019 NHL Draft is in the books.

Chuck Fletcher did pretty well in his first draft as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Flyers a winner after trading down, Penguins and Coyotes among losers in first round

After trading back to draft Cam York in the first round, he was able to pick up a first-round talent in the second round by trading up, and rounded out the draft with a handful of solid prospects.

Fletcher and Flahr’s history of drafting first-round defensemen bodes well for Cam York and the Flyers

Here’s a quick rundown on all six of the prospects selected on Day 2:

 

2nd round (34th overall) – Bobby Brink

Position: Right wing — 5-foot-8, 165 lbs
Shoots: Right
Team: Sioux City (USHL)/ US U-18 (NTDP)
Stats: 43 GP, 35 G, 33 A, 68 PTS / 5 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 PTS
2019-20 Team: University of Denver

Scouting Report:

 

“Not a great skater, Brink still brings an intriguing offensive skill-set. His hockey sense is impressive, he is a gifted playmaker and can find the back of the net too. Tries to compensate his skating with a great compete level (EP 2019)”

 

The Flyers traded up in the second round to draft a first-round talent. After selecting Cam York in the first round while the high-scoring Cole Caufield was still on the board, they filled that prospect need in Brink.

Brink, just 17 years old, was the USHL Forward of the Year and named to the USHL First All-Star Team. He also joined the US National Development Team where he was a point-per-game player in five games. He helped Team USA win a bronze medal with three goals and three assists in five games at the Under-18 World Junior Championships.

Brink needs to work on his skating, but that can be improved upon as he develops more. We saw this with Oskar Lindblom and others since their draft year.

He was ranked as high as 15th by Hockey Prospect as well as Elite Prospects. He was ranked 26th by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.


3rd Round (72nd Overall) – Ronnie Attard

Position: Defenseman — 6-foot-3, 207 lbs
Shoots: Right
Team: Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Stats: 48 GP, 30 G, 34 A, 64 PTS
2019-20 Team: Western Michigan University

Scouting Report:

 

“He does a great job filling in passing and shooting lanes in his own end, McKeen’s Hockey 2019″

He plays a hyper-aggressive rover type game that carries him all over the ice. Very rarely does he back off the line defensively, Hockeyprospect.com 2019″

 

The Flyers grabbed another defenseman after selecting York in the first round. Ronnie Attard, 20, is a strong defenseman that had an impressive 64 points in 48 games in the USHL. He led all USHL defenseman in goals, points, and plus-minus (+46).

He will join Flyers prospect Wade Allison, who will be in his senior year, at Western Michigan in the fall.

Attard was ranked as high as 60th by The Athletic and was ranked 87th by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.


4th Round (103rd Overall) – Mason Millman

Position: Defenseman — 6-foot-1, 176 lbs
Shoots: Left
Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Stats: 66 GP, 3 G, 22 A, 25 PTS

Mason Millman is another 17-year-old drafted by the Flyers. He is a left-handed shooting defenseman from the OHL. He was ranked 206th by McKeen’s Hockey and 125th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.


6th Round (165th Overall) – Egor Serdyuk

Position: Right Wing — 5-foot-11, 165 lbs
Shoots: Left
Team: Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Stats: 63 GP, 25 G, 40 A, 65 PTS

Egor Serdyuk is a Russian winger that was named the the QMJHL All-Rookie Team this past season. He led all rookies in scoring in both goals and points.

He was ranked as high as 92nd by Future Considerations and was the 71st best North American skater, per NHL Central Scouting. Based off those rankings, the Flyers did pretty well here in the sixth round.


6th Round (169th Overall) – Roddy Ross

Position: Goaltender – 6-foot-4, 174 lbs
Catches: Left
Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) / Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
Stats: 25 GP, 2.76 GAA, .919 SV% / 22 GP, 2.94 GAA, .920 SV%

You can never have too many goalies, and the Flyers added another Canadian netminder here. With a Canadian goalie expected to be the Flyers’ savior in Carter Hart, Roddy Ross joins the prospect pool.

Ross was ranked 17th among North American goalies by NHL Central Scouting.


7th Round (196th Overall) – Bryce Brodzinski

Position: Right Wing – 6-foot, 196 lbs
Shoots: Right
Team: Blaine (Minnesota) HS / Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Stats: 23 GP, 32 G, 44 A, 76 PTS / 19 GP, 7 G, 10 A, 17 PTS
2019-20 Team: University of Minnesota

Bryce Brodzinski was the star and captain of his high school team in Blaine, Minnesota.

Brodzinski rounds out the Flyers’ draft and joins Noah Cates as high-school standouts drafted by the Flyers in recent years. Cates has transitioned nicely to the USHL (55 points in 60 games) and eventually the University of Minnesota-Duluth last season (23 points in 40 games) while also being part of Team USA at the World Junior Championships in 2019.

The Flyers are hoping for a similar development out of Brodzinski, who will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall.

Brodzinski was ranked as high as 150th by McKeen’s Hockey and was 236th by Future Considerations. NHL Central Scouting had him as the 89th best North American skater in the draft.


With their final pick, 201st overall in the seventh round, the Flyers continued the tradition and swapped it with Montreal’s seventh-round pick in next year’s draft.

The Flyers did well for themselves on Day 2 of the 2019 NHL Draft. Bobby Brink was a great start, and they picked up a few other diamonds in the rough along the way.

All scouting reports via Elite Prospects

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